Kenai Golf Report

Showers green up fairways

Posted: Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Hello, Golfers. I had the privilege to participate in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life this past weekend as a very minor member of Team XTO (I’m Not Worthy, Ladies!) led by our incredible co-captains, Andrea Reese and Judy Phipps. This was the first time I have (finally) participated in this event and I was so incredibly moved to be there and be a part of it all, even though I did not stay for the entire time. Three of the ladies on our team each logged 100 laps — that would be 25 miles — walking all through the night and the rain — Tami Vincent, Cindy Henry and Judy Phipps. Our total team mileage was an incredible 250-plus miles for 16 people and we raised over $6,000 for this event. Watch out for us next year!

The rain continues to be a welcome sight as things really begin to green up. The Kenai Golf Course is looking great and if you haven’t been out yet, shame on you!

General manager’s report by Gordon Griffin

The cool weather is the perfect time for the completion of some of the projects that are under way. The new sand trap on No. 3 is in play now. Thank you, Bill Burtram, for a job well done. As the frost continues to disappear, work is ongoing on improving the condition of the cart paths. Thank you, Jerry Norris, your hard work is much appreciated.

The club storage area project is complete and my thanks are extended to Dwight Kramer for handling that project. The finishing touches are being made on the remodel of the pro shop. The outside of the building has been painted and I want to thank everyone who helped. All the sand traps are in the process of being edged and will have new sand added. A new cart path leading to the ladies tee box on No. 16 will be constructed next week. Thank you, ladies, for your suggestion. We are also considering a new cart path for the ladies tee on No. 13 from No. 12.

The conditions on the course continue to improve. Everything is greening up and filling in very nicely. We made our first fairway cut on the front nine and the fairways are thick and maturing well.

We are looking forward to the Kenai Cup getting under way and all the tournaments which are coming our way. Play golf! See you on the course!

Daily events

Sixteen men turned up for the weekly Thursday night men’s outing. The first-place team was Beau Forrest, Phil Christenson and Joe Bryan at 7-under. Beau Forrest won the long drive while Phil Christenson had closest to the pin on No. 5 and Cliff Baker had closest to the pin on No. 9. Thursday will be “Big Thursday” so don’t forget to call and get your name on the list or be at the pro shop by 5:45 p.m.

The Ladies are hitting the course on Thursdays at noon. All levels of players are welcome and encouraged to come out. We also are interested in getting a second group going in the evening for those of us who are still (unfortunately) working for a living. Please call the pro shop at 283-7500 for more information.

The 2007 Kenai Cup gets under way today. Thank you, Gary Katsion, for once again chairing this event. You will be a tough act to follow!

Couples golf has moved to Friday nights at 6 p.m. Grab your favorite golfing partner of the opposite sex and head on over to the pro shop to sign up for this fun event. Everyone plays their own game, and those dastardly individuals in the pro shop generally manage to find a way to confuse and confound us with some very inventive scoring contests! It’s a great time and I look forward to seeing our usual couples plus some newbies out on the course.


Tournament action looks to be pretty hot for June. Check it out — Friday, the Boys and Girls Club; Saturday, the 21st Annual Masonic Open; June 16, the 2007 Kenai Elks; June 17, the Kenai Golf Association Members Only; June 23, the Executive Tournament (from those brand-new executive tees); and June 30, the Rita Botelho Memorial. Sign-up sheets are available in the pro shop, stop by and check out all the new stuff, get signed up for the tournament of your choice and get golfing.

Have a great week enjoying the start of another wonderful Alaska summer. Be sure to get those rounds of golf in now before the fish start running and the whole golf-fish conflict begins anew. See you on the driving range!

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